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Environmental justice expert to lecture at Dartmouth

Posted 05/14/98

Vicki Been, a New York University law professor who has been prominent in the environmental justice movement, will deliver a speech titled, "Environmental Justice and Market Dynamics: Are Poor and Minority Communities Unwilling Hosts to Polluters?" on Thursday, May 21 at 4 p.m. in 2 Rockefeller Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Been authored one of the first major articles on the distributional fairness of environmental and land use politics, titled "What's Fairness Got to Do with It: Environmental Justice and the Siting of Locally Undesirable Land Uses," in the Cornell Law Review in 1993.

Been has studied whether such inequities exist because environmental burdens tend to be dumped on low-income neighborhoods or because poor people tend to move to more polluted places due to lower housing prices. Her article, "Locally Undesirable Land Uses in Minority Neighborhoods: Disproportionate Siting or Market Dynamics?" published in the Yale Law Review in 1994, prompted the Environmental Protection Agency to award her a grant to study the issue further. Results of the nationwide study were published in Coming to the Nuisance or Going to the Barrios: A Longitudinal Analysis of Environmental Justice Claims, 24 Ecology Law Quarterly (1997).

Been also writes about the Fifth Amendment prohibition against the taking of property without just compensation and about land use law.

Been's address is being sponsored by the Dartmouth legal studies faculty and the Dartmouth Lawyers Association and co-sponsored by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center.

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